EDUCATION Key Education is the primacy of the MUSC College of Nursing and it is a source of great pride. Unlike other colleges of nursing, we have established a very clear focus for our educational programs that distinguishes us from other nursing schools in the state and across the country. Our students are of two types: accelerated baccalaureate degree students (40 percent) and students pursuing a graduate degree (60 percent), with the greatest numbers of students pursuing doctoral (DNP or PhD) study. Enrollment in the College has doubled since 2002, and we have truly transformed the nature of our student body. Today we have 409 students enrolled: > 172 Accelerated Baccalaureate (BSN) students > 46 Master of Nursing Science (MSN) students > 140 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students > 51 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students The students who come to MUSC have clear goals for a robust nursing career and future leadership roles. About half of our graduating baccalaureate students continue on with graduate education. Those who attain their DNP or PhD fuel the future nursing pipeline as primary care advanced practice nurses, nurse researchers and nurse faculty. Innovation and use of technology also are distinguishing characteristics. Our educational footprint is unique in that all of our graduate programs are taught entirely online. This includes our clinical and research centered doctoral programs. We fully utilize our state-of-the science Healthcare Simulation Center for both undergraduate and graduate students, engaging in over 3,000 simulations in the past year. And we foster positive student-faculty interactions with the latest advances in distance education across programs of study.
99% pass rate
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Finally we are exceedingly proud of our educational outcomes. This past year our baccalaureate graduates achieved a 99 percent pass rate on their registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX). This is the highest score in the history of the school. And our graduate students have exceptional records of publications, presentations, grants, honors and appointments to leadership positions in health care. So what do we anticipate as we move forward? MUSC will continue to proactively respond to the anticipated nursing shortage as large numbers of nurses currently working will retire in the next five to 10 years. We intend to increase enrollment in our BSN, DNP and PhD programs and continue to be the standard bearer for innovation, best practices and demonstrated quality outcomes in nursing education.
RESEARCH Key The College of Nursing is now ranked 30th among all colleges of nursing in the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) annual ranking of research funding. This is the College’s highest NIH ranking to date, and reflects an increase in both the number and the scope of research funding from the NIH. The latest ranking represents a 38 percent jump from a ranking of 48 in 2010 to breaking the top 30 in 2011. The MUSC College of Nursing is working toward achieving a top 25 ranking over the next two years. According to the NIH’s annual data and analysis on funded projects, the MUSC College of Nursing continues to surpass all nursing schools in South Carolina and is now ranked 4th in the southeast. In academic circles, grants and contracts from federal sources, including NIH, are considered among the most competitive and coveted funding sources. The reason for this significant jump in ranking is the College
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Published on May 2, 2012